Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples – A Virtual Progressive Dinner

by Suzanne on November 1, 2012

in Side Dish

Happy November 1st!  Today I’m participating in a virtual progressive Thanksgiving dinner brought to you by The Mother Huddle. Let me explain how it works for you.  In a traditional progressive dinner you would eat your first course at one home and then the second course at another home and so on and so forth until the meal is complete.  The same concept is happening here so when you finish reading my recipe please be sure to click on the  front door at the end of the post  to go to your next course. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end, it’s awesome. Have fun!

What happened to the brown sugar, the marshmallows, and the sweet potato puree? I decided to go a tad bit healthy for this virtual Thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong I love the traditional American sweet potatoes with the browned marshmallows on top but I wanted to be able to really tell what I was eating and call it a vegetable and a fruit together in harmony. The light sprinkling of cinnamon and punch of citrus give this dish more flavor without all the sugar.  This simple and healthy side dish will help you feel less guilty about eating that second piece of pie.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples – A Virtual Progressive Dinner

3 cups of peeled and cubed sweet potato (1 large)
3 cups of peeled and cubed Honey Crisp apples or other sweet but crisp apple (2 large)
1 orange zested and juiced
1/4 cup melted butter
sprinkling of cinnamon
1/4 cup warmed honey
1/4 tsp. orange extract or 1 drop of orange oil

Step 1: Spray a shallow baking dish or sheet cake pan with cooking spray.
Step 2: Put the sweet potatoes and apples in the dish, there should be one layer.
Step 3: Sprinkle the orange zest over the top of sweet potatoes and apples, then pour melted butter and orange juice evenly over the top. Sprinkle lightly and evenly ground cinnamon on top. Toss the apples and sweet potatoes so all are coated evenly.
Step 4: Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes or until soft but not mushy.
Step 5: Heat honey and orange oil or extract and drizzle over the top of sweet potatoes and apples and serve.

Optional: Try making these candied citrus nuts to sprinkle on top when ready to serve the dish.

Serves: 4-6

The following food bloggers are particapating in today’s progressive dinner so go give them some love :).
What’s Cooking With Ruthie
Six Sister’s Stuff
The Mother Huddle
Inside BruCrew Life
Cooking Classy
You Made That?
A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
The Sisters Cafe
Jamie Cooks it Up

It wouldn’t be a party without a door prize now would it? Using the rafflecopter below put your name in the “hat” for a $200 gift card to 1 store of your choice: Target, Kroger, or Walmart – to cover your Thanksgiving dinner. That’s right, we’re going to pay for someone’s Thanksgiving dinner! To enter just pin this page to Pinterest. For a couple more entries you can follow the new Pinterest board Simple And Delicious Weeknight Meals, and follow the new Simple and Delicious Weeknight Meals Facebook Page. Won’t these be handy for the busy Holiday weeknights?

Open to US Residents only. See terms for alternate entry. Winner will be notified by email on November 10, 2012.

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1 Patti November 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

Love this Suzanne! I always loved your photography!!

2 Suzanne November 1, 2012 at 9:25 am

Thanks Patti, glad you stopped by.

3 Carol | a cup of mascarpone November 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

This looks and sounds glorious, Suzanne! What a great Thanksgiving side dish!

4 Suzanne November 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Thanks Carol 🙂

5 Ruthie November 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Hi Suzanne! Delicious sweet potatoes dish, I LOVE those things 🙂 So fun to be involved in this progressive event with you! xoxoxo~ Ruthie

6 Destri November 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Growing up in the west, you hardly ever see any sweet potato dishes – so I assumed I never liked them. Now that I’ve lived in the south and learned there are more ways to cook them then with marshmallows I love them! Can’t wait to try this Suzanne it looks delicious!
thanks for joining the party!

7 Kim - Liv Life November 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I love the apple addition!!! And I also love the marshmallow subtraction. I could eat this every day! Definitely making an appearance in my home soon!

8 Valerie November 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I almost always have a second slice of pie so this sounds absolutely perfect! Gorgeous fall colours too!

9 CCU November 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I would love to eat a huge bite my friend 😀

Choc Chip Uru

10 Jo-Anna November 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Your dish looks delicious! Anything with apples and squash is so yummy!

11 Liz November 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I can’t wait to see everyone’s recipes!!! Your apple/sweet potato side is both beautiful and delicious!!!

12 Priscilla | ShesCookin November 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

That’s why it looks and tastes so naturally delicious – no brown sugar or marshmallows, yay! A progressive dinner is a fun idea 🙂

13 Camille (SixSistersStuff) November 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm

These look absolutely amazing! I am happy that I had a chance to be part of this dinner with you- your website is beautiful and I have had so much fun looking around!
Have a good day-

14 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life November 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorites at Thanksgiving…I have actually never had them with apples. I’m more of a marshmallow kind of girl, but I have to admit I am intrigued with the apples and am looking forward to trying this. It was fun to “meet” you through the hop!!!

15 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction November 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

I love roasted sweet potatoes! Love the addition of apples!

16 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

This looks like a great side dish for Thanksgiving. So much better than the traditional sweet potato casserole

17 Magic of Spice November 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm

What a fun idea 🙂 And I just love the combination here…healthy and delicious!
Great giveaway as well!

18 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) November 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

This dish has a lot of the same elements as my signature yam and apple casserole that appears each Thanksgiving. I know I’d love this. 🙂

19 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} November 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

What a PERFECT dish for thanksgiving! Love the combination of flavors. The entrance to your home looks so inviting!

20 CCU November 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I would easily eat this all 😀
Gorgeous photography!

Choc Chip Uru

21 The Café Sucré Farine November 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

What a fun idea Suzanne, I love your addition to the meal; such a simple but delicious combination of ingredients!

22 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Lovely sweet side dish and a terrific idea of a progressive dinner.

23 Suzanne November 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

thanks Maureen, it was a fun little progressive dinner.

24 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

I love sweet potatoes (more than potatoes, and I’m already a big potato fan!), and I’ll make this dish very soon. We always have apples in the house during this season but I rarely use it for savory dishes. I already know my kids and I will love this dish – as for my husband he’s not a potato fan so we’ll see! The best part of this dish is that it’s bright beautiful color which will complement any dark/light brown meat dishes! Thanks for the recipe. I will check on orange oil! And thanks for the generous giveaway!! 🙂

25 EA-The Spicy RD November 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

Roasted veggies are the best, and your dish looks delicious! I think my kids might even enjoy these too 🙂

26 Kiran @ November 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Very generous giveaway!! Thank you!!

I love sweet potatoes in a savory dish — so full of fall flavors and colors!!

27 Suzanne November 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

Thank Kiran and your welcome good luck!

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